Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative in order to present Jesus in the context he walked in with the unknown disciple that narrates presenting my thoughts and sparking more thoughts with his questions. Enjoy.
That night, after the crowd was gone, and Jesus was asleep, the few who were awake asked Peter, James, and John what happened on the mountain the night before.
John started, “We went up to pray, and as Jesus was praying he began to glow!”
“Yes, he was bright as lightning! His clothes bleached white!”
“Two people appeared beside him,” Peter added. “It was Elijah and Moses!”
“They were talking about what was to come, but we couldn’t hear it all,” James added. “Peter said to Jesus, “‘Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’”
“I didn’t know what to say,” Peter defended himself. He continued, “A bright cloud fell around us, and a voice spoke from it!”
“What did it say?” Matthew asked, scribbling furiously.
“‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him, I am well pleased. Listen to him!’”
“We were terrified!” John said.
James said, “We fell on our faces. It was the voice of God!”
“We hid our eyes and covered our ears until we felt a hand on us. I looked up, and it was Jesus. He said, “Get up, don’t be afraid.” Peter continued.
James said, “We looked around and we were alone.”
“While we were coming down the mountain, Jesus said, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
“So don’t say anything until then,” Peter warned us.
“We did ask him, why then do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?” John added.
“What did he say,” I asked.
“Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things. But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way, the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.”
“We think he was talking about John the Baptist,” Peter said.
Made sense. Peter was one of John’s disciples for awhile before Jesus came so he would know.
Matthew 17:1-13; Mark 9:2-13; Luke 9:28-36